Written by: Dave Macleod
Smith & Dupavillon guide Dolphins into T20 semi-finals
Durban - A career-best bowling performance
from Daryn Dupavillon and a match-winning half century from Jason Smith
guided the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to a six wicket win over the Warriors in
their CSA T20 Knock Out quarter-final on Wednesday.
Dupavillon gave the Dolphins the best possible start to the match after
losing the toss when he bagged the wickets of both Warriors openers in the
first over with Wiaan Lubbe trapped in front for a duck and Matthew
Breetzke following, bowled for a first-ball duck.
The speedster had his tail up and managed to pick up the crucial wicket of
Jon-Jon Smuts in his second over to see the Warriors reeling at eight for
three in the third over.
Ruan de Swart jumped in on the action when he picked up the wicket of
Tristan Stubbs in the sixth over. The Warriors ended the powerplay on 37
De Swart and Thando Ntini combined to take three wickets and concede just
42 runs between them in their eight overs.
Jason Smith got in on the act to bag one wicket from his two overs before
Dupavillon came back to take his fourth and finish with four for eighteen
in his four overs.
In reply the Dolphins battled through the powerplay as they lost four
wickets for 33 runs and were in trouble when Smith joined the steadfast
Keegan Petersen at the crease.
The pair than rebuilt the Dolphins innings and eventually got them into a
winning position before taking them over the line with four balls to
spare; combining for a unbeaten partnership worth 98.
Smith's second career T20 half century was the difference as he hit three
fours and three sixes in his knock of 60 not out but Petersen's effort was
just as crucial.
The Proteas test batsman finished on 38 not out off 43 balls to provide
the perfect foil for Smith who scored freely.
Captain of the Dolphins Marques Ackerman was full of praise for the
bowling unit that gave the batsmen that target to chase and the batsmen
that got them over the line.
"Look, our bowlers obviously set up that victory for us," Ackerman said.
"The wicket wasn't easy, it was quite two-paced but at the end of the day
credit needs to go to Keegan Petersen and Jason Smith for those innings
under immense pressure in a quarter-final.
"For them to take us all the way with a 98 run partnership was unreal!"
Tactically Ackerman believes that the side made the right decisions which
set them up for the win eventually despite the hiccups with the bat.
"We knew the wicket was quick and they only had three seamers. So when
they bowled out early on in the innings we knew we could capitalise on
"We lost two wickets too many between overs five and ten but credit needs
to go to the guys who got us over the line."
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins will face the Momentum Multiply Titans in the
semi-final on Thursday.
SUMMARY OF THE SCORE:
Gbets Warriors 127/9 (D Dupavillon 4/18)
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 131/4 (J Smith 60* K Petersen 38*)
Dolphins won by six wickets
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins speedster Daryn Dupavillon returned career-best
T20 figures of 4/18 as the Dolphins beat the Warriors by six
wickets in their CSA T20 Knock Out quarter-final on Wednesday.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins all rounder Jason Smith produced a
match-winning 60 not out off 41 balls as
the Dolphins beat the Warriors by six wickets in their CSA T20
Knock Out quarter-final on Wednesday.
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